Hospital 2020 Seminar

Friday July 8, 2011

What is the Format?

The United States (US) Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Center and School, Directorate of Combat and Doctrine Development recently conducted the Hospital 2020 Seminar. This seminar was designed to evaluate the recent Force Design Update (FDU) of Army Hospitalization. The objectives were to expand goals to increase capability in support of combined arms maneuvers and wide area security; to provide foreign humanitarian assistance (HA) and disaster relief (DR), improving interoperability among Joining Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational partners (JIIM). Also, to increase survivability and treatment of severely injured casualties from the point of injury to a medical treatment facility (MTF) within a 60-minute time frame.

What has the Army done?

With feedback from the Warfighters and Center for Army Lessons Learned, Dr. James Kirkpatrick, primary lead for the redesign, proposed the newly developed FDU to improve the flexibility, modularity, and clinical capability. Subject matter experts were provided a series of scenarios, along with specific questions to evaluate solutions to operational problems in varying environments and conditions. Recommendations included proposed changes in some Military personnel slotting, including additional skills training, to enhance capability. The analysis of the highest risk population resulted in considering a change in the size of the early entry hospital element to increase the speed deployment without decreasing capability.

What does the Army have planned?

Force Management and several key leaders are assessing seminar outcomes to determine what possible Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities solutions are available to meet the demands of an ever changing and evolving AMEDD.

Why is this important to the Army?

Today’s Army focus includes not only Army Health System support for major combat operations; but also stability operations, such as foreign humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to host nations, as well as civil support of natural and environmental disasters within the continental of United States. A redesign into a modular, flexible hospitalization functional area is essential to meet the challenges of the Army Health System support missions. Deploying medical resources rapidly and with flexibility to match the appropriate specialty care to the specific needs of the affected population is a requirement for the U.S. Army today and into the future.

Resources:

AMEDD Center and School

Walter Reed Move information

For questions, comments or concerns, please contact AMEDD Warfighting and Experimentation Operations section at 210-221-9226 or 210-295-0859.

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